I hope I’m not the one to break the news to you of the memoirist Frank McCourt’s passing on Sunday. McCourt left us with three unforgettable full-length books: Angela’s Ashes, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award; ‘Tis and Teacher Man. It is my belief that these books can only be truly appreciated when read aloud by the author. That’s right—I’m telling you it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and listen to an audio book. Listening to Frank McCourt with his Irish lilt, telling you about his miserable childhood in Ireland is like having your very own Irish grandpa telling you hilarious, heartbreaking stories of the old country.
Here is a snippet from the beginning of Angela’s Ashes:
“The happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. People everywhere brag and whimper about the woes of their early years, but nothing can compare with the Irish version: the poverty; the shiftless loquacious father; the pious defeated mother moaning by the fire; pompous priests, bullying schoolmasters; the English and all the terrible things they did to us for 800 long years.”
If you have never had the pleasure of reading Frank McCourt, believe the hype, and try out one of his books in audio format.
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One response to “Believe the hype”
I am so glad you remembered Frank at his sad passing. Also, I want to thank you for turning me on to his books as read by him. I laughed out loud so much through ‘Tis and Teacher Man, I think I listened to Teacher Man TWICE.
Take Bonnie’s advice, library blog readers, she’s never wrong about books!